In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Diane Kargas AM

2018 - ACT Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Fourteen years ago, Diane Kargas made the decision to commit to her charitable work on a fulltime basis. She resigned from her senior role in the ACT Public Service to dedicate her life to the Canberra community.

Using her skills in financial management, governance and administration, Diane has made a tremendous contribution to a range of charities, tackling challenges from homelessness to social inclusion to bushfire recovery.

Dianne is passionate about building the social capital of her community and supporting philanthropic endeavour. Her work to reduce homelessness led to her appointment as Chair of Common Ground, an organisation that supports supportive and inclusive low-cost housing.

As Chair of Hands Across Canberra, Diane brings together businesses, charities, government and individuals to channel donations to local charities, while providing leadership and celebrating community spirit and generosity.

Despite her own health challenges, Diane continues to be driven by her deep and unwavering belief that people who experience disadvantage deserve help to restore their dignity.

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